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Benefits of cover crops touted in Yahara watershed

Wisconsin State Farmer

One of the key practices the farm group promotes on area farms – the watershed runs through Dane County and touches parts of Columbia County to the north and Rock County to the south – is establishment of cover crops on cultivated fields. The practice and research into its management, is spearheaded by Dane County UW-Extension’s Crops and Soils educator Heidi Johnson.

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Produce farmers place new emphasis on food safety

Wisconsin State Farmer

An emphasis on food safety practices at the farm level is growing. University of Wisconsin-Extension organic agriculture specialist Erin Silva discussed these practices and new federal regulations in a Nov. 12, 2015, lecture recorded for Wisconsin Public Television’s University Place.

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Upham Woods offers new Master Naturalist program

Wisconsin Dells Events

The staff at Upham Woods is partnering with UW-Extension’s Master Naturalist Program for a 40-hour, six-session course, spread over three weeks in late March and early April, that they hope will transform a group of local nature enthusiasts into knowledgeable, well-trained and well-versed master naturalists.

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Poverty simulation exercise helps UW-Green Bay athletes build awareness

UW-Green Bay News

More than 50 UW-Green Bay student-athletes participated in a poverty simulation exercise in partnership with UW-Extension recently at the Kress Events Center. The event was part of a larger series of leadership building activities new to athletics called the Phoenix Leadership Initiative (PhLI) where student-athletes participate in targeted programming focused on community involvement, career preparation and professional development among other things.

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Ask the Expert explores early emerging honeybees

Wisconsin State Farmer

Your local county UW extension office offers soil testing. Contact them for a kit to have a professional soil test done. This will provide an excellent results sheet detailing any amendments or additions you might wish to make to your soil.

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Cotton cloth project tracks soil conditions

Wisconsin State Farmer

The project was carried out by Extension Service agriculture agents from June 20 to July 15. They buried cotton cloths at five different sites in their localities: in a woodland, in agricultural fields with differing crop rotation and tillage practices and at a site of their choice as a way to identify differences in the rate of decomposition of the plant residues.

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Video helps volunteers take on aquatic invasives

Great Lakes Echo 

The University of Wisconsin Extension lake monitoring program is also working on new videos about species specific identification and their citizen monitoring protocol aquatic invasive species. Their long term project in the works is on native plant identification.

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UW-Extension’s guide to food drives

Kenosha News

Kenosha county UW-Extension:  As we ramp up for the major food drives right around the corner we should celebrate the generous spirit in our community. This year, for example, will mark the 29th year the Boy Scouts partner with local organizations for their “Scouting for Food” food drive, which has collected and distributed 6 million pounds of food since its inception. Another well- supported, major food drive, “Stamp Out Hunger”, sponsored by the National Letter Carriers Association will take place place in May. To date it’s the largest single-day food drive in the country.

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No potting soil needed for air plants

Oshkosh Northwestern 

If you want an easy-to-care-for houseplant without the mess of potting soil, one of the 650 species of air plants, called Tillandsia, are for you. For more information email Lawanda Jungwirth is a UW-Extension Master Gardener.

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SCN-resistant soybean seeds not immune from pest

Midwest Producer

The SCN populations are changing all around the country, but the way we manage SCN is not. ‘We are on the front end of a crisis similar to herbicide-resistant weeds and even costlier to farmers,’ said Shawn Conley, professor and Extension agronomist at University of Wisconsin-Madison. ‘From an agronomic point of view and to keep productivity high, this is alarming.

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